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MA in Jewish Professional Studies—Chicago Cohort

Boost your career with this unique, accredited Master’s degree, taught by creative, effective faculty who bridge theory and practice. 75% of graduates secure a promotion or higher-level job within one year.

Fellowships available to cover 60% of costs for qualified students.

Taught in a welcoming, pluralistic environment

Spertus is located in the heart of Chicago's downtown loop neighborhood

  • Instruction takes place during weekly classes at Spertus, Mondays 6–9 pm, no classes over the summer.
  • Coursework has immediate application
  • Complete your degree in just over two years
  • Download program overview >

A career-transforming experience

Acquire real world skills. Sharpen your focus. Be ready to take the lead.

Study with other professionals from across greater Chicago who work or are seeking to work in the thriving Jewish nonprofit sector.

I’m using a different part of my brain that was sleeping for a little bit.

Hear Ariella Yedwab discuss her story in the video below.

Everyone needs a mentor

This program is designed for busy, working adults ready to move forward in their careers. Individual professional mentoring is an integrated component of the program to help students apply what they learn to their own real life circumstances.

Mentor Amy Wishnick, Principal, Wishnick & Associates, with Mentee Sarah Van Loon

Mentor Amy Wishnick, Principal, Wishnick & Associates, with Mentee Sarah Van Loon

Key Dates

  • July 1, 2020—Preferred admission deadline
  • August 15, 2020—Final admission deadline
  • October 12, 2020—Courses begin

Ariella Yedwab tells her Spertus story.

Learning Outcomes

Students in the MAJPS program learn to:

  • Understand key themes in Jewish communal life historically and today
  • Possess a grounding in classical Jewish thinking and texts
  • Understand the best practices in nonprofit management including how they affect Jewish communal work
  • Develop skills for critical self-reflection and career planning, aided by work with an individual mentor
  • Integrate theory and practice in the professional environment
  • Learn to work constructively with diverse groups of constituents and colleagues

Download FAQ for info on tuition, accreditation, and more >

The MAJPS program also offers the opportunity to earn additional certification in Israel Education through a partnership between Spertus Institute and The iCenter for Israel Education. (Additional fees apply.)

Spertus Institute’s Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by a generous grant from the Crown Family. We are grateful for their support.

Spertus Institute is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, 230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604.